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Emily St. John Mandel’s previous novels include Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, among other honours. Station Eleven has been translated into 33 languages. Mandel was born and raised on Denman Island off the west coast of BC. She left school at 18 to study contemporary dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York City.


Mandel writes socially-conscious thriller and crime novels that deal with contemporary issues. Her strong and idiosyncratic voice has made her one of today’s most sought-after writers.


Paula Simons is a Canadian senator. She previously worked as a journalist and was a columnist for the Edmonton Journal in Edmonton, AB. She sits as an independent senator representing Alberta in the Senate of Canada, and is part of the Independent Senators Group caucus.

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